The Pros And Cons Of Whaling

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The Norwegian and Japanese positions and arguments to be permitted with the hunting of non-endangered species of whales as a cultural exemption should not be considered. According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, “the whaling industry is in decline and the demand for meat is falling” (WDC, n.d.). Given this statement, I would support the ban of whaling worldwide. In addition, it would be difficult and costly to monitor the whaling activity that is taking place in waters where whales frequent. The separation of non-endangered species will not deter whalers from hunting any whale in sight. These activities are widely documented and filmed for the world to see. Further, “people hunted whales for their oil to fuel lamps and candles, to lubricate machinery and to make margarine, lipsticks and other products. They also used baleen whales to make tennis racquets and corsets! Today, modern technology has replaced the need for whale products, so there is no need to kill whales for their oil” (Campaign Whale, n.d.). I don’t believe that the whaling ban constitutes a violation of these nations’ sovereignty. If other countries who used to be whalers can join with the rest of the world to ban whaling, why couldn’t Norway and Japan? This will be an opportunity for them to adapt or focus on other resources within their country to fill the void created by the whaling ban. Cultural exemptions at a general level should be settled and mediated by a committee that has
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